Maple Leafs name Dallas Eakins new Marlies head coach

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TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs have promoted Dallas Eakins to head coach of their farm team.

The club announced today that Eakins will move from his job as the Leafs' director of player development to coach of the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Eakins has been in the Leafs organization since he retired as a player in 2004.

He was an assistant coach under Paul Maurice with both the Leafs and Marlies.

Eakins played a total of 120 NHL games, 18 of them with the Leafs in 1998-99.

Eakins succeeds Greg Gilbert, whose contract was not renewed after three seasons at the helm of the Marlies.